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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jul 29, 2014 7:14am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Dispute

The movie is here:
https://archive.org/details/UnknownIsland1947
but it has never been moved from Community Video, so it has not undergone much scrutiny.

There is a copyright renewal for it:

R630246.
Unknown Island. By Albert Jay Cohen
Productions, Inc. (c) 1Dec48; L2087.
National Telefilm Associates, Inc. (PBH);
22Apr76; R630246.

In addition, Alpha Video doesn't carry it.

If it has a valid copyright notice in the credits, it probably isn't PD.

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Poster: Kevin VandeWettering Date: Aug 5, 2014 3:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Dispute

I didn't find a renewal when I looked this up. A valid copyright notice isn't enough for a film of this vintage. It entered the public domain in the 28th year after publication regardless of whether it had proper notice. I see some rights assignment stuff, but I didn't find the renewal. That could be because some pre-1978 stuff is missing from the database.

When I was looking at this, it looks like the copyright office isn't even really sure what the registration number is.

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Poster: mandrakes Date: Jul 29, 2014 7:25am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Dispute

Darn. Thanks.